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Student COVID-19 Testing

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has asked that all WV Colleges and Universities test all students returning to campus this Fall 2020. Concord University students will be tested through our CU Student Health Center and QLabs (primary testing site in Concord's Carter Center Gym II). You'll be required to complete the following prior to testing (all of which can be found in your COVID-19 Blackboard course):

  • Read and sign Terms of Service (Consent to test) and the HIPAA waiver (Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information) - to speed up your registration at the testing site, these may be printed, signed, and brought to the testing site
  • Read and sign Assumption of Risk waiver.
  • Read the document "What to Do After Your COVID-19 Test"
  • Watch the short COVID-19 educational video
  • Read and sign the CU Student Behavioral Pledge
Who Will and Won't Be Tested
  • West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has asked WV colleges and universities to test all students returning to campus this fall.
  • Students who are taking classes exclusively online will not be required to be tested unless you have on-campus employment (e.g., graduate assistantship).
 
Penalties
  • Students who fail to complete a COVID-19 test will not be permitted to attend classes on campus or remain in the residence hall. All students must complete the COVID-19 Blackboard modules (educational video, assumption of risk, and CU Student Behavioral Pledge). Students may also be referred to the Student Conduct Board, where they will be given an opportunity to explain any extenuating circumstances for their non-compliance. Follow-up actions will be based on the particular situation for each student.
Test Schedule
Athens
Wednesday, August 12; Friday, August 14; Monday, August 17
8am-3pm
Carter Center Gym II
Beckley
Thursday, August 13 8am-10am. Erma Byrd Center (West Parking Lot). You must be enrolled in Beckley classes in order to be tested at this site.

Students will not be permitted to attend classes on campus until they receive a test. 
Test Day Procedure
The testing procedure should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Be sure to wear a mask to your appointment and maintain social distancing at the testing site.

Students may have to wait outside prior to testing, so please be prepared for weather.

Upon arrival, you will check in and verify your information. Please bring your CU ID. You will need your CU ID number (774#).

Staff will perform a nasal live-virus, anterior swab test, which is less invasive and results in less discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory anatomical sites.

 
After Testing
You will be asked to maintain physical separation as much as possible and avoid large gatherings to the fullest extent possible until the results of your test are available.
  • Students can leave their residence hall room but should wear a mask/face covering as mandated and stay physically distant as much as possible.
  • Students should still be able to eat with the cafeteria, but they should wear a mask/face covering and physically distance themselves while travelling to dining halls and when they are not eating.
 
Students with a Positive Test Result
Students will be notified by Student Health Center staff.
  • Any positive test result may require additional testing.
  • Representatives from the local health department will conduct a case investigation for all positive cases and initiate contact tracing.
  • The University will assist with contact tracing and also work with local health departments to determine if there is a need to decontaminate a specific facility or implement any additional mitigation measures.
  • Testing information regarding patients is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guidelines and will be kept confidential.
 
If You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms After Testing Negative
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after testing negative, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. You should contact our Student Health Center (304-384-6355) or your primary care physician. You should not come to campus if you are feeling ill.
 
Ongoing Testing
Once the first phase of initial testing is complete, the University’s Student Health Center will continue to provide testing for any student who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms.
 
Contact Tracing
While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicate that the disease in unlikely to spread through casual contact.
 
The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. (The CDC defines close contact as any individual within 6 feet on an infected person for at least 15 minutes.)
 
When to Self-Quarantine
  • You must self-quarantine if you feel ill or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. In these situations, close contact includes:
    • Having been within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a period of at least 15 minutes in any environment, regardless of the use o face coverings or masks.
  • Concord expects close contacts to be tested for COVID-19 and to follow the CDC guidelines for 14 days of self-quarantine (including asymptomatic contacts testing negative).
  • Please note that this is interim guidance and is based on current CDC guidelines and the current West Virginia and Mercer County situation. The guidance can/will be updated as the situation evolves.
  • Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection. Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts. Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts. 
 
What to do if You’re Self-Quarantining or Test Positive
  • All CU community members are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are self-quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. Students should notify the CU Student Health Center (304-384-6355).
  • Students who live within three (3) hours of campus should go home to quarantine or isolate unless there is a very compelling reason they cannot, which Housing will address on a case-by-case basis.
  • The local health department will contact any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, complete an initial case investigation and initiate contact tracing.
  • The University will support these efforts by providing contact information and other resources as requested.
  • Once close contacts are identified, they will be quarantined and monitored for the development of symptoms.
  • CU Student Health Center and Student Affairs will work with students on procedures for isolation and quarantine and return to class.
COVID-19 Monitoring
Testing is only one part of a multifaceted strategy to diminish the spread of COVID-19. Our extensive initial testing will also establish a baseline of disease prevalence that will be monitored for trends throughout the year.
  • This data, along with local and regional trends, will be continually monitored by University and local and state health officials to determine if and when additional containment or mitigation strategies may be required.
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Student Health Center

Wooddell Hall, First Floor
Telephone: 304-384-6355